Sonal Shah | Biography

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The dynamic actress Sonal Shah has more to offer than what meets the eye. Prior to her celebrity status, 1980 born Sonal was on her way to become a doctor. Today she is an accredited film and television actress in Hollywood with a number of good roles attached to her resume. She is mostly known as Dr. Sonja 'Sunny' Dey of the medical comedy series, Scrubs.

Sonal had prepared meticulously to realize her dream of becoming a doctor however her love for acting overshadowed her passion for medicine. Nevertheless she was able to fulfill her long time dream to some extent. Her most acknowledged performance on television is as a doctor employed at the fictional hospital in the American comedy series, Scrubs. A Wheaton, Illinois local, Sonal was born to Indian parents who had moved to America from India during the 1970s.

Sonal dared to follow her instincts and made a major career change during her college years that has made all the difference in her life. She is now living the dream and there's much more of Sonal's talent that her audience has yet to encounter. When she's not pursuing a role, she works at the John Rosenfeld Studios as an assistant teacher.  After attending Wheaton Warrenville South Hill School, she enrolled at the Loyola University to pursue her initial ambition of medicine. She was an outstanding student there in psychology, chemistry and biology but graduated as a theatre major after realizing her true calling. This eventually led her to being cast in one of her best series, Scrubs as Dr. Sonja Dey. After giving into performing, Sonal made several visits to the Chicago Theater Community and Goodman Theatre where she started performing as an improvisational artist. She gained much experience at Harvard University's The Moscow Art Theatre School and thus began her search for an acting job that called for a big move to Los Angeles. She performed at the Second City Theatre in Los Angeles and performed sketch comedy. 2009 proved to be a huge breakthrough year for Sonal as she shined through the auditions for a recurring role in Scrubs. The role provided her much gusto because she got to portray a medical intern, Sonja, alongside veteran actors Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Ken Jenkins, Judy Reyes and Donald Faison. She appeared on the series for the season eight and reprised her role in an episode the following season. She also starred in the webisodes of Scrubs: Interns. In 2009, she also starred in Ratko: The Dictator's Son, a teen comedy which was produced by National Lampoon. She performed regularly with the crowds of The Lonestar Ensemble, The Grondlings, Artwallah, Running with Scissors and Second City Conservatory. She is one of the founding members of a theatre focusing on South Asian artists, Rasaka Theatre Company.

A natural actor, Sonal is ambitious, headstrong and true to herself. She has immersed herself in the film and theatre scene and is committed to exploring potential roles and discovering fresh scripts. She takes interests in teaching and is more than happy to act as a tutor for students in her leisure. She has also been making appearances in charity events such as the South Asian Network Gala and the North American South Asian Bar Association Gala as well as doing volunteer works in association with Habitat for Humanity.

Years of experience as a comic and improv actor has strengthened Sonal's career resume. With an acclaimed guest role in Scrubs already off her list, Sonal now aims to land on more fulfilling and diverse roles that can be the next steps to being an established actress that she has always dreamed of becoming.